For their entire body of work it was a close call between Carpenter and Cronenberg. Argento probably would have been in the running too if his last twenty years hadn't been so hit and miss. While I think Cronenberg is still making great films today, EASTERN PROMISES being a better later-career work than any of the other directors has accomplished, his films are so esoteric that I think it's easy to be consistent. Cronenberg's always been out on the fringe, and he's done great there. Carpenter, though, has been able to turn mainstream horror on its head a number of times, working within the Hollywood system and making films that are both totally accessible and deeply profound, depending on your viewpoint. There's this perception that Carpenter's trailed off over the years, but I've thoroughly enjoyed almost all of his later films, especially ESCAPE FROM L.A. and GHOSTS OF MARS. No matter the genre, Carpenter has always proven he can put himself and his preoccupations front and center in his films. Even Cronenberg can't say that with great anomalies like THE DEAD ZONE and EASTERN PROMISES. Carpenter's MASTERS OF HORROR episodes were decent, but don't feel the same without his scope framing. It looks like he's back into the thick of things with three projects as director, so hopefully some of those pan out and he proves to all that after a seven year hiatus from feature films - he's still got it!